September 27, 2010 12:00 PM

>RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES

Junky Star

Coming off his Oscar for “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart),” Bingham ventures into more rich alt-country terrain with producer T Bone Burnett. []

USHER

Versus

From “Hot Tottie,” a rubbery hip-hop groove, to the sexy, Prince-esque slow jam “Lay You Down,” Usher gives fans more reason to go “OMG” on this nine-song EP. []

FANTASIA

Back to Me

After her recent suicide attempt, Fantasia emerges with her best album yet. On old-schoolish songs like “Bittersweet,” she digs deep with raspy-voiced soul. []

JOHN MELLENCAMP

No Better Than This

This vintage-sounding set, exploring traditional country, blues and folk, shows how far the heartland rocker has come from his John Cougar days. []

You May Like

EDIT POST